Karnataka Provincial Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar on Monday called on the people to come out in public at the NEP. “I am appealing to all the people in this regard. I will personally know their views, read them and present them to the state government,” he said.
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Shivakumar has started a debate on NEP by raising the question that NEP itself will be the solution or problem. “The ruling BJP is rushing to implement the NEP. They are not bothered to take our opinion, your (people’s) opinion, the opinion of teachers, children or experts,” he said. The KPCC chief said the BJP was planning to impose Hindi on us through its ‘Nagpur Education Policy’. Do they want Kannada people to remain silent? NEP makes Hindi, English and Kannada compulsory.
“NEP is emphasizing online education. First let the government provide internet connection, smartphones to all our children in rural areas. This government has not distributed textbooks to school children. They are preparing to implement a new system.
Shivkumar said, “The BJP is implementing the NEP with all its might this year. Implementation should be postponed for at least a year to facilitate discussion on this issue.”
Congress has also announced that it will push for a debate on the issue in the Assembly session starting September 13.
Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan termed Shivkumar’s remarks as “irresponsible”. “Those who know about NEP, those who have studied it and have fair knowledge will not speak out against it. The statement is being issued only for the implementation of political programs,” he said.
“He should not have dubbed the NEP as his Nagpur education policy. His criticism would have backfired. He has nothing to point out the NEP’s shortcomings.
“Shivkumar has exposed himself by discussing NEP. Let him talk after getting information about NEP. I am ready to give him the necessary information. Implementing NEP is part of the nation building process. Politics should not enter there,” he defended.
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